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alone, he was haunted with tormenting reflections, and would awake in great terror, if his candle happened only to go out in the night. And, notwithstanding all his high pretensions to learning and philosophy, his uneasiness constrained him to confess, when he came near to the
that “ he was about to take a leap in the dark.” With Voltaire's writings, I imagine, you are well acquainted : during a long life he was continually treating the holy Scriptures with contempt, and endeavouring to spread the poison of infidelity through the nations. Forget not the manner of his death; it was an awful scene ! Recollect, Sir, what he said to the
doctor who attended him on that occasion. Doctor, I will give you half of what I am worth, if you
will give me six months life.” He was informed, on that he could not live six weeks.” Never let his reply be erased from your memory:
6. Then I shall
go to hell”—and soon after expired. I think you cannot have forgotten, that Paine, in his dying hour, lost all his hardihood, and declared that “ If ever the devil had an agent upon the earth he was one.'
Gent.-Sir, I am not to be thus insulted. You imagine! You think! Who authorized you to imagine, or to think for me? Am I to believe the falsehoods which whining fanatics
have heaped on the memory of those enlightened men, who have detected the forgeries of their fable book!
[A bell rings. Ex.-Sir, I must request you to retire ; the bell informs me, that the company which I expected now waits admission.
Gent. I have already indulged you too long with my company; and with fanatical politeness you have liberally rewarded
Mr. und. Mrs. Maple, and the
Mr. Maple.--Good morning, Sir. We are old folks to be sent to school, but our excellent friend Mrs. Neville having informed us that you attend to the aged as well as the young, we should like to see some of your pictures; are they in that case, Sir?
Ex.—That is the Camera, Sir, and · I shall be obliged by Mrs. Maple and yourself looking through those
glasses, and informing me to what the scene alludes.
Mrs. M.-0 dear, Sir, we know but very little about pictures : it is true, we have sometimes amused ourselves and our children with the prints in good old Bunyan ; the lions, the hill Difficulty, giant Despair's castle, and the rest of them. And while
husband has read the book, we have looked at the prints, and thus we have been both amused and instructed at the same time.
Ex.--I hope something of that kind will be the case at present.
Mrs. M.—But then, Sir, you must be spokesman.. Our worthy landlord Mr. Neville told us that